The Health and Safety Executive has published its sector plans for the next 3-5 years following the draft it issued in March 2017.
This earlier document saw HSE split the areas under its remit into 19 different sections rather than the, until now, traditional two sectors Interestingly, manufacturing has been given a ‘must try harder’ rating after it was found that around 3% of workers are injured annually, somewhat higher than the all-industry rate. You can find more information on the HSE Sector Plans page here; http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/strategiesandplans/sector-plans/index.htm
The key approach which HSE intends to adopt is;
- working with others, using our expertise for the wider good of workers, businesses (especially SMEs) and government;
- championing the need for prevention;
- focusing our inspection and enforcement activity where it can have the most effect.
How HSE intends to integrate this with the current FFI policy remains to be seen but if you can engage with HSE on initiatives we’d encourage you to do so wherever possible.
Occupational health will continue to play a key role in risk management and is very likely to be a key area of concern for any visit to site, in particular consider within your business the following three areas which have been marked for further assessment when conducting visits;
- Occupational lung disease (exposure to dusts / RCS, COPD, work related asthma);
- Musculoskeletal disorders (think manual handling but also consider general ergonomics);
- Work related stress and mental health issues (use the HSE stress tool and see their website for more guidance).
One further area which was highlighted during the consultation process has been the large increase in volunteer activities and how the scope of this work has widened with many volunteers now carrying out tasks which are far more exposed to risk than has been the case.
The six key sectors which HSE intends to target are;
- transport and logistics;
- waste and recycling;
- public services.